Studio4 Summer Residency – Events hosted by Girolamo Marri in August



Sympathy for chairs
August 21
6 – 7.30 pm
An hour long “workshop” lead by Heather McCalden, a visual artist with dance training, whose practice deals with movement and spatial relationships.

Starting from the idea that during a conference or talk, chairs and their positioning play a role in how the “content” of the talk is passed from speaker to the audience, the ten or so participants to the workshop will be led into a series of exercises/games involving chairs. while musicians and Girolamo  will act as “the speakers” , offering a soundtrack made of word and music improvisation, but also actively participating in the games.


Cardboard model making
August 20 and 27
3 – 6 pm
Few places still available to join this small workshop divided into two parts and lead by architect Enrico Arrigoni who will teach how to build cardboard models for architecture.

Studio4 will be used, revamped as a conference room, as a sample, where everything inside will be measured by the participants in order to make 3d models on the computer which will then be turned into 2D shapes which will be cut and assembled into a 1:20 scale model.
As the number of places is limited to 6, we ideally wanted to engage participants over 50 aged especially those who have less opportunity to play with computers, but if you’re young and interested do still get in touch!

Topic-nic and the secret life of an audience
August 26
11 am – 5 pm
The “largest” of these events, hosting about 15 participants

To begin, all the participants will be invited to have a picnic in Victoria Park where they will discuss ideas unfamiliar while eating food also new to everyone.
Later everyone will go to Girolamo’s studio at Chisenhale Studios, where he will talk about what his idea of an audience is directly with the participants as an audience. F
inally ending with the photographer Rama Lee  taking a group picture of everyone posing as the ideal audience.  


 If you are interested in any of the above events, please email Girolamo


Newsletter and Summer Events and Workshops

David Blackmore: RAGE PEN, Thursday 27th July.

Joint recipient of Chisenhale Studios’ Pete Lloyd Lewis Award, David Blackmore, is converting his studio into a RAGE PEN on the last Thursday of each month until April 2018. Participants are required to bring objects (big or small) which they want to destroy in a controlled scenario to release tension, anxiety and stress. These objects could come from your personal life or working environment – essentially things that are a symbolic source of frustration, which is a starting point for much of his work. There are two slots available for each event: 7pm-8pm & 8pm-9pm. To book a place or make an inquiry email David  with the subject heading ‘I WANT TO VENT’. Personal Protection Equipment and demolition tools provided. Rage sessions will be recorded visually and the participants interviewed. A model release and personal injury disclaimer must be signed upon arrival. Image above: David Blackmore.


Image: Jennifer Martin.

July Summer Residency: Jennifer Martin

Throughout July, Jennifer Martin will be presenting Full of Loops, an interactive installation which appropriates the aesthetic and functional structure of ‘Old Time’ portrait studios with attention to the inherent problems of such places in which race and gender are usually stereotypes for an experience of fairground fun. As part of this project Jennifer is hosting several events including these reading groups which you can book to attend.

Full of Loops Reading Groups:

Wednesday 19 July, 6.30–8.30pm. Participation in the Photographic Act.
As chair of this reading group, Jennifer Martin will address aspects of participation and agency in the photographic act, discussing a text from Ariella Azoulay’s The Civil Contract of Photography. Book here.

Saturday 22 July, 14.00–16.00pm. Temporality & the Anthropocene.
Sasha Litvintseva’s doctoral research (Goldsmiths University) focuses on ‘geological film making’ as a ‘visual strategy for the Anthropocene’. As chair of this reading group, Litvintseva will respond to the Full of Loops installation and thematic Western film genre in relation to her research on the Anthropocene and temporality. Book here.


Goldsmiths Curating MFA students events at Chisenhale Studios.

Our annual project with Goldsmiths’ curating students features four exciting event-based presentations taking place in the ground floor education studio between 24th and 29th July.

Monday 24th July 6.30-9pm: ‘Day of the Beast’ – an evolving installation by Javier Chozas, curated by Sol Polo. Javier will be creating monstrous sculptures using waste materials in the education room and on the canalside terrace, to explore the figure of the monster and its social role. All welcome, just turn up.


Image; Javier Chozas.

Wednesday 26th July 6.30-9pm: Liminal States is an immersive installation and performance by Rachel Cheung, curated by Alexine Rodenhuis. Rachel will create a Portal Room in the ground floor studio, a threshold between the real and virtual, reflecting on corporeal uncertainty in the face of technology. The performance will involve dancers from Chisenhale Dance Space. All welcome, just turn up.


Image: Rachel Cheung.

Thursday 27th July 7-9pm: Labelled, a discussion around exhibition labels/titling and subversion, curated by Aubree Penney as a precursor to the show she is curating at Enclave. Examining the way artists and project-makers are using labels as a form of interventionism, fetishizing the label and drawing attention to the relationship it has with the work – sometimes constituting the work itself. Click here to book by email.

Image: Carrington Lemons, Self Preservation 2015. Relating to ‘Labelled’ discussion event.

Saturday 29th July 3-5.30pm: Decolonising Gynaecology, a workshop led by Barcelona-based collective Gynepunk, curated by Nora Heidorn. GynePunk have developed open-source, DIY gynaecological kits for self diagnosis by those who have no access to or fear discrimination by public health services. Their activist practice aims to promote self-knowledge and learning with regard to our own bodies, to offer a counterpoint to the authority of expert opinion, and to explore patient-led methods of
diagnosis and treatment. Click here to book by email 


Image: Gynepunk.


Studio Artists News

Image above: Matt Calderwood.

Matt Calderwood is showing video in GENERATION LOSS, curated by Ed Atkins from the Julia Stoschek collection in Dusseldorf. It has just opened and is on for a year. He also has a solo show of 3 new large scale works in the foyer of 5 Howick Place, SW1P 1WG until late October and is in PLAN UNPLAN a group show at Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich, which opens 14th July.


Image above: Kevin Dunbar.

Kevin Dunbar is in a group show at Exchange Tower Canary Wharf Momart 24 July – 4 August. 6th Floor, 2 Harbour Exchange Square, London, E14 9GE.


Image above: Alicia Paz (detail).

Alicia Paz is showing in the summer exhibition at the Kunstverein Roederhof, Germany. Gut 50, 38838 Römerhof. Alicia’s new website features news on several more shows she’s in currently.


Image above: Sam Hodge (detail).

Sam Hodge is participating in a group show ‘In Residence’ at Griffin Gallery,  Evesham St, London, W11 4AJ. July 27 – Aug 25, PV July 26 6-9pm. This exhibition is showcasing the work of artists who have been in residence at Griffin gallery, where artists are encouraged to experiment and innovate with materials.


and finally, Kate Hardy’s painting students from the evening course she runs in our education room are showing at Cafe East, Roman Rd until September:


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WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH – A talk with Alina Kisina Saturday 4 March, 12-1pm

21 February, 2017  |  Featured, Public Programme, Talks & Events

Alina Kisina will talk about the female gaze in relation to photographing children. She will also show the latest work from her project “Children of Vision” and give an introduction to some of her favorite women photographers working today.

Venue: Chisenhale Art Place

64-84 Chisenhale Road E3 5QZ (nearest tube: Bethnal Green/Bow)

Date and Time: Saturday 4 March, 12-1pm

Cost: Free


To book or for more details contact 020 8981 1916


Studio4 Residencies: Liz Lake – Dig/Burn/Build


Event: Thursday 19th January 6.30-8.30pm.

Mapping the interconnected ecologies of material cycles, Liz Lake’s installation demonstrates how the values, uses and physical properties of industrial substances transform over time. In her fieldwork footage, mountains of gypsum are chemically removed from power station gasses ready to be sold as additives for construction or food production; and unwanted incinerator ash finds new life as breezeblock.

A series of sculptures presents these relations in the abstract language of the materials themselves, incorporating concrete, tarmac, copper, plaster and resin in diagram-like composites. This is the first showing of an ongoing project that Liz Lake has been working on during a 3-month residency at Chisenhale Studios.



Without Walls 2016 – Another collaboration, Another success

1 November, 2016  |  Featured, Public Programme, Talks & Events


Another year and another success, and a huge thank you to everyone who contributed to Without Walls 2016. . .

Chisenhale Art Place once again opened its doors and broke through the walls of its iconic building. Bridging across the three unique spaces; Chisenhale Dance Space, Chisenhale Gallery and Chisenhale Studios, Without Walls offered up an impressive menu of talks and workshops for the public.

Some of the highlights in the Studios included: An Art and Dance Evening event  with choreographer/dancer Chloe Aliyanni and artist Alicia Paz; Open Studio with Seth Pimlott – recipient of the Pete Lloyd Lewis Studio Award; A Photography exhibition by Victoria Park Photography Group;  a unique performance by artist Jeremy Hutchison; Byzantia Harlow’s Grey Market;  a new collaborative performance

Please look out on our Facebook page to see more images.






An early evening event with artist Jeremy Hutchison – 20th October, 6-8pm

13 October, 2016  |  Public Programme, Talks & Events

taskrabbitImage copyright the artist: Task Rabbit worker Sakti N.

in heaven people play peacefully sometimes people helping each other love making and working together peacefully

A performance (with informal labourers and 4-channel surround sound)

Task Rabbit is an app that allows people to outsource part-time jobs, or tasks. The company proposes “We do chores. You live life.” Tasks commonly include cleaning, walking dogs, building furniture and waiting in queues. Workers are able to fit their work to their lifestyle; working when they want, where they want. The apparent freedom offered by employment platforms of this kind has seen their popularity explode. But as the workforce has inflated, so an increasing dissatisfaction has appeared with the terms of employment. The alienation hovering beneath the surface of this labour model is becoming manifest in lawsuits, class actions and strikes.

Over the past few months, Jeremy Hutchison has used the Task Rabbit app to employ groups of micro-labourers in his studio. Rather than walking dogs, they have been tasked to imagine ways in which solidarity might be applied to their fragmented labour conditions. In a recent example, he assembled four workers for an interview. This interview operated within the conditions of a verbal game, which required the four workers to respond as if they were a single subjectivity.

For this durational performance elements of this research will be presented, while the group will rehearse new manifestations of solidarity between labour, bodies and space.

Where: Studio4, 1st floor @ Chisenhale Studios.
Cost/Booking: Free, drop-in, 6-8pm 20th Oct

This event is part of our Without Walls programme.

Running at the same is an open studio with Seth Pimlott, recipient of the current Pete Lloyd Lewis Studio Award. This takes place across the hall in Studio 3.

Grey Market: Sunday 16th Oct 2-4pm

Grey Market: Sunday 16th Oct 2-4pm

13 October, 2016  |  Public Programme, Talks & Events


Byzantia Harlow will be showing her first film, Grey Market, on Sunday 16th October, from 2-4pm.

Grey Market is the culmination of her two month residency in our Studio4 and includes footage from Grey Market Call performance which took place during the residency. It will be shown on loop within the installation created for the performance, so drop in anytime from 2-4pm.

The  installation is part of Without Walls 2016, which celebrates and presents work made collaboratively between artists and between artists & participants.  The full programme can be found here and other drop-in events you might enjoy include Open Studio with Seth Pimlott, new work by Jeremy Hutchison and a special evening performance with Rebecca Glover & Fritha Jenkins.



Photography exhibition by Victoria Park Photography Group – 22 & 23 October, 1pm – 5pm


See a display of new work that incorporates elements of the Park, by local amateur photographers.Meet the group and learn about their inspiration.
Where: Education Room, Ground floor @ Studios.
Cost/Booking: Free, drop-in.

This event is part of our Without Walls programme taking place throughout Chisenhale Art Place.  Please see the full programme here